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GREEN BAY, WI – Apparently, the woke Green Bay Packers have decided that their first and only job, which is to entertain fans while playing football, is not enough. Now, they have decided to carry the mantle of social justice causes in the country.
Packers CEO Mark Murphy feels it is time for his organization, you know, the one that is supposed to be playing football for all fans, not just the radical left, to do more in terms of social justice.
He believes that “white people” who happen to be in “positions of power” need to get involved to make the rest of society ‘woke’.
Packers CEO Mark Murphy issued a lengthy statement on Saturday, saying that one of the “keys” in the fight for social justice was for “white people” in “positions of power,” to get more involved in making a “difference.” https://t.co/cGOd07FyvA
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) August 30, 2020
Murphy released a statement which read:
“Racially motivated events over the last couple months have had an impact on our entire organization, particularly the horrific shooting of Jacob Blake. I met with our players and coaches on Thursday.
A very emotional meeting, and players from various background and races spoke on the issues. And the one thing that came across to me is how united they were, and how upset they were with what’s happening in our society.
“I wanted to take a minute to talk about the Packers’ stance in support of social justice efforts. We feel this is an issue that obviously impacts the Black community. But it’s not up to just the Black community to solve this issue. It’s on all of us.
“I often hear from fans that we should just stick to sports. I have to respectfully disagree. Sports has a long history of speaking out for positive change. Jesse Owens. Jackie Robinson. And right here in Green Bay, no better example than Vince Lombardi.
He was ahead of his time, signing and supporting Black players, when few in the league did. We wouldn’t have our 13 world championships if it wasn’t for Vince Lombardi. He also went to local businesses and said, ‘If you discriminate against my Black players, your business is off limits to the entire team.’
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“How can we celebrate the achievements of our Black players, past and present, without acknowledging, supporting, and advocating for their basic rights as American citizens?
We owe it to our players, to our proud history, and to our community to use our voice as one of the iconic organizations in all of sports to stand up for that tradition.
“One of the keys I think to resolving this is people in positions of power. Particularly white people. It’s on you to make a difference. The issues we’re facing, they’re not political issues. They’re societal issues.
They’re issues affecting basic human rights. And I call on our sponsors, local business and community leaders, and our fans to get behind our players, to get behind the organization and help make a difference on these important issues.
“In terms of next steps with our players, this is something we’re going to continue to work on, we’ll have discussion going into the future. One of the things that’s very important to all of us is to get body cams to police officers. We’ve also had good discussions with Governor [Tony] Evers and Assembly and Majority Leader Jim Steineke. I think our players will be meeting, discussing with them in the future.
“One of the key initiatives for the league and for us here in Green Bay is getting people registered to vote. It’s a basic right that obviously is very important. We’re also going to make the Johnsonville Tailgate Village, that will be a polling station for the election coming up in November.
“We will be making a $250,000 social justice impact grant. That’s in addition to the $500,000 that the Packers already have provided in social justice grants this year.
“I also call on NFL owners. They are in powerful, privileged positions, and can make a huge difference, and obviously have close relations with everybody in all their organizations. It’s time to make changes.
“As an organization, we will continue to find ways to support the Black community, because Black lives matter. Fighting racism is not an issue the Packers will shy away from.”
No Packers players said they didn't want to practice today, but Matt LaFleur couldn't make them play football after feeling the emotion in their personal stories.
Instead, he encouraged them to watch "13th" as their fight for social justice continues: https://t.co/1TWqrAHJA4
— Matt Schneidman (@mattschneidman) August 27, 2020
So, we now are being lectured by another rich person on how we should spend our money and act.
There are also claims in his speech that make it sound as if black people are not afforded the same rights as white people.
I encourage him to speak to any well-funded black American who worked their butts off to attain what they accomplished, on their own, without help. See if those people agree that they did not have the same opportunities as any white person and how they succeeded.
The basic argument of Murphy and others is flawed from the start. They claim that black people cannot enjoy the same rights as white people.
Yet, the black people, the elite few rich athletes in the NFL are there, disproving his argument that only white people have the privilege to succeed in life. Stick to football Murphy, you clearly have no real clue as to what you are talking about and will only alienate republican viewers when kickoff comes around.
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